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Scouting for All's 2nd National Annual Rally - 2001

This Year's Theme

Recognition of Gay Scouts and all Gay Youth Week

The list below indicates organized National Annual Rally Week locations and the Rally Organizers' contact details if you'd like to offer your assistance.

The following States have one or more National Rallys scheduled. Please click on the closest State, or click here if you wish to organize a Rally at a location not listed.

Alabama Arizona Arkansas California Connecticut District of Columbia, Washington
Florida Hawaii Illinois Indiana Kentucky Michigan
Nevada New York New Mexico North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma
Texas Utah Washington Wisconsin    


We now have several posters (8 1/2" x 14") available for download and printing for use in your Rally.
These are in .pdf format and require that you use the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free by clicking on the following image:
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Montgomery, Alabama

Location of Rally Site: 3067 Carter Hill Road
Date/Time: Aug 20, 11:00AM - 1:00PM

contact: Ken Baker email: telephone: (334) 263-4178

Rally at the Tukabatchee Area Council headquarters. We support Scouting for All and gay youth. Please contact us if you'd like to help.


Phoenix, AZ
Grassroots Organizer

Location of Rally Site: Grand Canyon Council, 2969 N Greenfield, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Date/Time: Aug 20, 4:00pm

contact: Brian Davis
telephone: 480-503-2692

Boyscouts is a wonderful program and the BSA must not alienate America's gay youth. As a former boy scout, it greatly saddens me that me that such an organization would view gay kids as outcasts. I am looking for people to assist me in organizing the rally here in the Phoenix-metro area.

Press Release: Protest to be held in Phoenix opposing BSA policy

In conjunction with Scouting for All, an organization that was started by 16-year old Eagle Scout Steven Cozza, Phoenix organizers will be holding a protest during the national rally week on Monday August 20, 2001 at 4:00 P.M. in front of the Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council located at 2969 N. Greenfield Road in Phoenix, Arizona. The purpose of such a national annual event is to get the Boy Scouts of America to rescind its policy of discrimination against gay youth and adults as well as atheists. This will mark Scouting For All's 2nd National Annual Rally.

Brian Davis, Phoenix area organizer and a former Boy Scout, is asking all those who feel that the current BSA policy hurts America's gay youth to join in the protest August 20, 2001. This year's national theme is National Recognition of Gay Scouts and All Gay Youth Week. "Boy Scouts was such a wonderful part of my life when I was growing up and every youth in America should have the same opportunity to join," says Brian Davis. The website for the local rally is

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Media Contact: Brian Davis

Tucson, Arizona
Judy Wylene (individual)
Tucson, AZ
Location of Rally Site: International Arts Center
516 North 5th Avenue (corner of 5th Avenue and 6th Street)
Date/Time: August 22, 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Judy Wylene
telephone: 520-586-5423 (work), at home 520-731-1709

I've just decided to do this and have welcome support from all who wish to embrace our gay youth. Lets give our gay kids a powerful message that we love them and embrace who they are. Any help you can offer will be appreciated. Please contact me if you'd like to help organize the Rally here in Tuscon. The theme is recognition of Gay Scouts and All Gay youth Week. Let's support Scouting for All for National Rally Week.


Fort Smith, Arkansas
Grassroot Organizer

Location of Rally Site: Creekmore Park, Rogers and 31st

Dates/Times: Aug 22, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

contact: Casey Willits telephone: 501-521-6471

Inviting all supporters to protest with signs, banners, uniforms, silence, or singing, whatever you do best. I hope we can bring together straight and guy supporters alike. Lets make this rally/protest as positive as possible. We don't want to destroy the BSA, we want all your to be included. Please contact me to help support our gay youth. I especially need people from Ft. Smith to help. Thanks


Newport Beach, California
Stonewall Initiative for Equal Rights

Location of Rally Site: in front of the Newport Beach Boy Scouts Seabase
1931 W. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA

Date/Time: Aug 26, Noon - 2pm

contact: Joe Delaplaine telephone: 213-487-2368

We support Scouting for All. Our Rally will be held on 8/26 instead of the week of the 19th because of Pride Week being held during the 19th. The best to Scouting for All. Together We Stand and Together We can All Continue to make a Difference on the side of Human Rights and Social Justice

From: Joe Delaplaine
Stonewall Initiative for Equal Rights
422 S. Western Ave., ste. 114
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Tel. 213-487-2368

Novato, California
Novato Citizens for Change, Spectrum Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns, PFLAG North Bay Chapter, others

Location of Rally Site: Sherman Street between Blodgett and Grant
Date/Time: Aug 20, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

contact: Lynne Wasley email: telephone: 415-898-2557

Guest Speakers to be announced. Local organization may sign on as sponsors by contacting Paula Pilecki at 415-457-1115, ext. 209 or email

San Diego, California
Balboa for All

Location of Rally Site:
1207 Upas St
San Diego, ca. 92103

Date/Time: Aug 19, Noon - 1 PM

contact: Howard Menzer telephone: (858) 268-2853

This year's rally is being joined by a coalition of several organizations. We are calling ourselves 'Balboa for All'. The groups are PFLAG, Gay Straight Alliance, SAFE, San Diego Democratic club, and of course Scouting For All. We will have a powered mike and some speakers. There has already been a press release and we are looking to do an Op-ed piece to run before the rally happens. This year's theme is recognition of Gay Scouts and All Gay Youth. Lets embrace all of our youth both Gay and Straight.

Santa Barbara, California

Location of Rally Site: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
Date/Time: Aug 25, 4:00PM - 7:00PM
contact: Jennifer email:

Showing of "Scout's Honor", refreshments, and discussion.
Please contact me if you'd like to help.

San Mateo, California
Mills High School GSA

Location of Rally Site: Boy Scouts of America offices (1300 S. Amphlett Blvd.)
Date/Time: Aug 20, 10AM - 1PM

contact: John

We will meet in the parking lot on Magnolia Ave. (in Millbrae) that is behind Mervyn's, and across the street, at 10am.

- Take Millbrae Ave. (going west), to Magnolia Ave. (going north), and it will be on your left between Library Ave. and Richmond Dr. For better directions, e-mail me.

We will then march down to the Boy Scouts of America offices (1300 S. Amphlett Blvd.) in San Mateo. Once we get there, we will have a rally outside of the offices. We might have some speakers, and other stuff. Bring signs, chants, friends, and anything else! See you there! Any new information could be found at the Mills High School GSA's website:

Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz Scouting For All

Location of Rally Site: TBA
(San Lorenzo Park is likely location...)

11:00AM - 3:00PM
contact: Ted Altenberg
telephone: 831-429-6291

Statement: I cannot plan this by myself! Fellow concerned Santa Cruzans, please join the efforts and help make this happen!


Derby, Connecticut
Connecticut Scouting For All

Location of Rally Site: Housatonic Council
326 Derby Avenue
Derby CT
Date/Time: Aug 20, 12 Noon - 1 p.m.

contact: David Knapp email: telephone: 203 453-1395

Please join us. We support scouting for all. Gay Youth in their middle and high school years are already subjected to bullying and torment, and here the national headquarters in Texas is imposing further duress on gay boys.

East Hartford, Connecticut
Connecticut Scouting For All

Location of Rally Site: Connecticut Rivers Council
60 Darlin Street
East Hartford CT
Date/Time: Aug 20, 12 Noon - 1 p.m.

contact: David Knapp email: telephone: 203 453-1395

Please join us. We support scouting for all. Gay youth in their middle and high school years are already subjected to bullying and torment, and here the national headquarters in Texas is imposing further duress on these gay boys.

Greenwich, Connecticut
Connecticut Scouting For All

Location of Rally Site: Greenwich Council
63 Mason Street
Greenwich CT
Date/Time: Aug 20, 12 Noon - 1 p.m.

contact: David Knapp email: telephone: 203 453-1395

Please join us. We support scouting for all. Gay Youth in their middle and high school years are already subjected to bullying and torment, and here the national headquarters in Texas is imposing further duress on gay boys.

Milford, Connecticut
Connecticut Scouting For All

Location of Rally Site: Connecticut Yankee Council
60 Wellington Road
Milford CT
Date/Time: Aug 20, 12 Noon - 1 p.m.

contact: David Knapp email: telephone: 203 453-1395

Please join us. We support scouting for all. Gay Youth in their middle and high school years are already subjected to bullying and tormer, and here the national headquarters in Texas is imposing further duress on gay boys.

Washington District of Columbia

Washington, DC
Scouting for all

Location of Rally Site: Lafayette Park
Pennsylvania Ave NW between 16th and 17th Sts (pending permit approval)

Date/Time: Aug 25, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

contact: Alan Martinson telephone: 240 462-7593

We are calling on Scouting For All supporters and all those who are opposed to discrimination and social injustice to rally in the Nation's Capitol in support of gay youth and in opposition to the Boy Scouts discriminatory policies.

I am just getting started in putting this together. We are tentatively planning to have the event in Lafayette Park in front of the White House on the afternoon of Saturday August 25. So far, Bob Summersgill, President of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance has agreeed to speak.

We need speakers and volunteers. If you live near by, plan to be there. If you are a union member or belong to a church or any other group that has a national organization in Washington, tell them to contact me about sponsorship and participation. If you can help organize, please call me at 240 462-7593 or email me at

Let's drown out the nasty whispering at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with the voices of freedom and justice.


Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Pride South Florida / Scouting For All

Location of Rally Site: Esplanade Park - Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Date/Time: Aug 22, 7:00 - 8:30

contact: Mark LaFontaine email: telephone: 954-489-2294

We will have several youth speakers, as well as community leaders, songs and a candlelight vigil to remember those youth who have died from suicide and hate crimes.

Seminole, FL
PFLAG Pinellas County

Location of Rally Site: West Central Florida Council, BSA
1046 Johnson Boulevard
Seminole, FL 33772

Date/Time: Aug 20, 5:00PM - 7:30PM

contact: Eileen O'Sullivan

We plan to rally at Council headquarters, as they're open til 7:30 on Mondays, to educate passersby (shopping center across the street) about our issue. We'll also be writing to the Council. (Additional contact person: Melody Luce at


Honolulu, Hawaii
Civil Unions - Civil Rights Movement

Location of Rally Site: outside of the Sheraton Waikiki at the corner of Lewers and Kalakaua Ave
Date/Time: Aug 16, 4:30PM - 7:00PM

contact: Michael J. Golojuch, Jr. telephone: (808) 672-9050

Statement: We will be protesting outside of the Aloha Council here on Oahu. With this protest we are looking to bring S4A's mission to Hawaii and exposing the BSA's policy of discrimination. At the rally we will have Steven Cozza's Petition there to gather signatures.

The Civil Unions-Civil Rights Movement was designed to raise public awareness, educate the community about institutionalized discrimination, and unify Hawaii's communities in the GLBT struggle for freedom, equality, and justice. Which fits right in with the goal of S4A.

We are asking for all former/present scouts, their parents as well as community members who believe in S4A's mission to join us in this rally.


Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Anti-Bashing Network (Scouting For All Alliance for Human Rights member)
Location of Rally Site: 36 West Illinois Street
Intersection with Dearborn Site of founding of BSA, near plaque on building

Time/Date: Aug 25. 1 PM

contact: Andy Thayer - telephone: 773.878.4781

Statement: The focus of the protest will be the Chicago United Way's (UW) refusal to defund the Scouts (recipients of close to $425,000 last year). This past winter and spring, CABN had several phone conversations and a couple of meetings with UW's top brass where we urged them to cease funding the BSA's hate. We made it clear that unless they ceased funding, the United Way itself would become a target for protest. They have subsequently chosen to fund the BSA, even going so far as to quote a Scouts leader in their release about the decision, where he boasted about the continuing relationship.

UW officials are funneling $'s to the BSA through the BSA's "Learning Through Life" Program, which targets disadvantaged inner city kids. This is nothing short of a transparently cynical attempt to pit Gays against African-Americans, Latinos and others who face racist discrimination.

We told UW officials that there are plenty of worthy non-BSA programs which help inner city kids without simultaneously giving a boost to bigotry. We told them that many of these kids will grow up to be Gay themselves, and associating with the BSA will hardly be a "nurturing" environment for them. Even though Learning Though Life claims to be open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, we pointed out that the UW should no more want to be associated with such a subsidiary than it would want to be associated with an allegedly non-discriminatory subsidiary of a white supremicist organization.

We are targeting the UW fall fund drive for protests and are asking people to STOP giving to the Chicago United Way. Please also send letters to the United Way's Communications Director, James Kales (560 W. Lake, Chicago, IL 60661), informing him that you will not give to the Chicago United Way until it ceases funding the anti-Gay BSA, and will urge others to do likewise.

The theme of this years Scouting For All Rally is: Recognition of Gay Scouts and All Gay Youth Week. The United Way of Chicago should not be funding programs such as the Boy Scouts of America that discriminate against gay youth or any segment of our society.


Westville, Indiana
Out2000 Film Club

Location of Rally Site: 239 Schwarz Hall
Purdue North Central
1401 S. US 421
Date/Time: Aug 22, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

contact: Mike Sloothaak email: telephone: 219 785-5621

The Out2000 Film club will be kicking off its Fall series of films on the theme of Growing up Queer.

We will kick off the series with "It's Elementary" and some shorts dealing with The Cozza family's efforts to stop bigotry in Scouting. Another, larger event is planned for 27 September.


Somerset, KY

Location of Rally Site:
Somerset, KY
address TBA

Aug 20, 22, 24 1PM-3PM
Contact: Gina Cooper
Telephone: 606-676-9412

Statement: For more information contact Gina Cooper at


Flint, Michigan
PFLAG-Genesee County

Location of Rally Site:
Tall Pine Council
502 West Atherton Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Those wishing to carpool can meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint parking lot at 2PM. The church is located at 2474 South Ballenger Highway (just South of Miller Road) in Flint, MI 48507.

Time/Date: Aug 22, 2:30PM - 5PM

contact: Mary Scholl email:
telephone: 810-695-3452

We plan to hold a Rally at the Tall Pine Council building. Statements will be read by a variety of people. We hope that every town in Michigan will be represented. Please come with a sign that includes your city's name. Let's make a difference. We support Scouting for All.


Reno, Nevada
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

Location of Rally Site: United Way Offices of Northern Nevada on Ryland and Wells, Reno.
Date/Time: Aug 20, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

contact: Bob Fulkerson
telephone: 775 348 7557

Our date is negotiable as we are trying to see if Scott would be available to address our rally. Please contact us to support our Rally here in Reno, Nevada.

New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Scouting For All-New Mexico Alliance Member

Location of Rally Site: La Montanita Food Co-op In Nob Hill (intersection of Central and Carlisle)
Date/Time: 12 PM - 3PM

contact: Ellen Grigsby telephone: 505-266-7840

This event has been endorsed by PFLAG-Santa Fe, the Gray Panthers of Albuquerque, and Standing Together (an ecumenical interfaith coalition of religious groups/individuals committed to anti-discrimination work). We will distribute petitions, inormation, and diversity materials. Please join us.

New York

Albany, New York
Capital District Coalition for Inclusive Scouting

Location of Rally Site: In front of the Twin Rivers Council Headquarters
253 Washington Ave Ext
Albany, NY.

Date/Time: August 20, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Contact Info: E-mail: Voice Mail: (518) 462-6138 x 46
Web site:

In the wake of last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing the Boy Scouts of America to continue their policy of discrimination, local councils have taken a step forward and petitioned the national organization to change the anti-gay policy citing a loss in membership and public support. Some have gone so far as to adopt non-discrimination policies of their own that include sexual orientation. Thousands of local school districts, dozens of United Way Chapters, and even the American Medical Association have distanced themselves from the BSA because of the continuation of this anti-gay policy.

We would like to see the Twin Rivers Council added to the growing list of local councils who are taking a stand against discrimination. To encourage them to do so, we need to show that a large number of people in the Capital Region support an inclusive Scouting program. All youth should have the opportunity to learn the virtues of Scouting from any qualified adult volunteer, regardless of sexual orientation.

Join us on Monday, August 20th and let your voice be heard. For more information on the rally or the CDCIS, please e-mail us at or stop by our web site at

Other events for National Inclusive Scouting Week:

August 15th, 7:30p-9:00p, CDGLCC, 332 Hudson Ave, Albany "Scout's Honor" documentary screening
August 18th - 19th, Crossgates Mall, Albany Information booth and petition signing

New York, New York
New York Coalition for Inclusive Scouting

Location of Rally Site: Front of Chase Manhattan Bank Headquarters 270 Park Avenue @ East 48th Street, NYC
Date/Time: Tuesday, Aug 28, 8:00AM - 1:00PM

contact: Edgar Rodriguez email:

A press conference will be held at 12:30.

North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina
Thom Haynes

Location of Rally Site: 3231 Atlantic Ave.
Date/Time: Aug 24, 2pm - 6pm

contact: Thom Haynes telephone: 919-543-5255

Press release, hopefully TV/print coverage. We'll hold signs, get signatures for petition... this is at Occoneechee Council office and scout store. We need your help. Please contact Thom to lend your support.

Winston-Salem, NC

Location of Rally Site: The Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem
4055 Robinhood Rd.
Date/Time: Aug 24, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

contact: Matt Hill email: telephone: (336)997-2837

The Rally will bring attention to and possibly the end of the discrimination within the Boy Scouts of America and the Old Hickory Council of Winston-Salem, NC. There will be a number of speakers who will offer great insight into this issue. Matt Hill will also speak about how he was dismissed from Scouting and his fight to end the partnership between the Old Hickory Council and the United Way. News Coveraqge Possible.


Cleveland, Ohio

Location of Rally Site:
Greater Cleveland Council
Boy Scout Headquarters
2241 Woodland Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Saturday, Aug 25 noon-3:00PM
Contact: Lance
Telephone: 440-655-0111

Statement: The Scouting 4 All Cleveland Rally will have guest speakers and provide signs and petitions and lots of printed information to help educate the public about the Boy Scouts' discriminatory policies. We will have some current Boy Scouts who are taking a stand against discrimination and homophobia. We hope to get every GLBT organization in Cleveland as well as religious leaders and the general public to come out and support Scouting For All. We hope the people of Cleveland, who have always championed diversity, will join us in support of our gay Scouts and Scout Leaders.


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Peace House
Location of Rally Site: To be arranged
Dates/Times: Aug 19 - 25, (Times TBA)

contact: Nathaniel Batchelder 405-524-5577
The Peace House
2912 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

PROBABLE ACTIVITIES (Still to be planned)
Public vigil with large signs at a high traffic intersection, then caravan to Boy Scout HQ to deliver letters and badges.

We will also have a public showing of "Scout's Honor."

Stillwater, Oklahoma
Stop Hate At O.S.U.

Location of Rally Site: TBA
Date/Time: Aug 22 (Time TBA)

contact: Stop Hate At O.S.U.
telephone: (405) 372-5220

Stop Hate At O.S.U. will host a rally most likely on the campus of Oklahoma State University. Another possible rally will be held on a separate date in front of the Stillwater United Way office which continues to support the BSA. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us so that we may add you to a mailing list to keep you updated with the finalization of times/dates/locations.


Dallas and Irving, TX
Scouting For All (Petaluma, CA)
Location of Rally Site:
Dallas Council Ten Offices at 8604 Harry Hines Blvd. (northwest Corner of Harry Hines Blvd. and Regal Row)

Aug 20, 7:30AM- 11:30AM
Contact: Scott and Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout
telephone: 707-778-0564

Click here for further details on this event!

Statement: Scott Cozza, Assistant Scoutmaster "banned" by the BSA for his belief against discrimination and his son Steven Cozza, Eagle Scout and member of NESA, National Eagle Scouts Association will represent the national organization Scouting For All by leading a Rally at the BSA National headquarters in Irving, Texas. The theme is to recognize gay scouts and all gay youth. Scott and Steven will be bringing to the BSA National leadership a resolution for their review and hopfully to adopt to end their policy of exclusion. We are encouraging Scouting For All supporters and all those who are opposed to discrimination and social injustice to join Steven and I at the rally. Bring signs and lots of water! It will likely be pretty hot. Your presence will represent a voice against discrimination as well as acceptance and support to all gay youth.

Scott Cozza, President
Scouting For All


Murray, Utah
Keith Arnoldus

Location of Rally Site: 5916s noble oaks clr murray utah 84123
Dates/Time: Aug 19- Aug 25, 1PM - 1AM

contact: Keith Arnoldus email: telephone: 801-268-8132

I would love to help you guys I am VERY proud of being GAY so give me a call and we can work something out okay I would LOVE to help and I have tons of friends who would to!


Kennewick, Washington
Whitman College Insurgency

Location of Rally Site:
8478 West Gage Blvd.
Kennewick, WA 99336-1075

Date/Time: Aug 24, 3PM - 5PM

contact: Scott Daniel

please contact if interested; times are only tentative Scouts and former Scouts (Boy/Girl/Campfire/etc.) are encouraged to wear their uniforms

Walla Walla, Washington
Whitman College Insurgency

Location of Rally Site: Behind the Union Bulletin offices, which are at:
12 S. First Ave.
Walla Walla, Washington 99362

Date/Time: Aug 24, 8AM - 5PM

contact: Scott Daniel

please contact; protest times are tentative (we are dividing the day into shifts and need enough people to run each shift effectively). Scouts and former Scouts (Boy/Girl/Campfire/etc.) are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

Seattle, Washington

Location of Rally Site: Seattle Central Community College's South Plaza
1625 Broadway
SEATTLE, WA 98102-4228

Date/Time: Aug 22, 6:30PM
Contact: Robert Raketty phone: 206-338-2727 email:

Following the rally, we will walk over to Central Lutheran Church (1710 11th SEATTLE WA 98122-2420) for a free screening at 8 PM of the award winning film, "Scouts Honor."


Madison, WI
Democrats For Religious Freedom and GLSEN-WI
Multiple Locations:

Location of Rally Site #1: State Capitol, State St. Steps
Aug 20, 4 PM - 6 PM

Location of Rally Site #2: United Way of Dane County office building, 2059 Atwood Avenue
Aug 21, 4 PM - 6 PM

Location of Rally Site #3: Four Lakes (BSA) Council office, 34 Schroeder Ct. (Across Schroeder Rd. from Vitense Golfland) Aug 22, 4 PM - 6 PM

contact: Dennis Coyier
telephone: 608-839-5452

Bring theme signs and statements to read via bullhorn.



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